About

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I’m a postdoc in Linguistics at Northwestern University. I’m working with Matt Goldrick, Yossi Keshet, and Vijay Mittal to test whether speech motor problems and language abnormalities can signal vulnerability to psychotic disorders like schizophrenia. Before coming to Northwestern, I got my Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Maryland in 2019, working with Naomi Feldman on computational models of speech perception and phonetic learning. Before that, I was a Cognitive Science major at Yale, and worked with Gaja Jarosz on computational models of word segmentation.


Research

Hitczenko, K. and Feldman, N. H. (submitted). Naturalistic speech supports distributional learning across contexts. (BUCLD poster)

Muller, H., Gaston, P., Dickerson, B., Liter A., Durvasula, K., Hirzel, M., Hitczenko, K., Kandel, M., Lyskawa, P., Nelligan, J., Papillon, M., and Perkins, L. (in revision). Gender bias in representation and publishing rates across subfields of Linguistics.

Hitczenko, K.,, Mittal, V. A., and Goldrick, M. (in press). Understanding language abnormalities and associated clinical markers: The promise of computational methods. Schizophrenia Bulletin.

Corcoran, C., Mittal, V. A., Bearden, C. E., Gur, R., Hitczenko, K., Bilgrami, Z., Savic, A., Cecchi, G. A., and Wolff, P. (2020). Language as a biomarker for psychosis: A natural language processing approach. Schizophrenia Research.

Hitczenko, K., Mazuka, R., Elsner, M., and Feldman, N. H. (2020). When context is and isn't helpful: A corpus study of naturalistic speech. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.

Hitczenko, K., Mazuka, R., Elsner, M., and Feldman, N. H. (2018). How to use context to disambiguate overlapping categories: The test case of Japanese vowel length. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Antetomaso, S., Miyazawa, K., Feldman, N. H., Elsner, M., Hitczenko, K., and Mazuka, R. (2017). Modeling phonetic category learning from natural acoustic data. Proceedings of the 41st Boston University Conference on Language Development.

Hitczenko, K. and Feldman, N. H. (2016). Modeling adaptation to a novel accent. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Hitczenko, K. and Jarosz, G. (2014). Cognitive limitations impose advantageous constraints on word segmentation. Proceedings of the 39th Boston University Conference on Language Development.


Teaching

Instructor

  • Bayesian Models of Language (Winter 2020)
  • Seminar in Speech Perception and Language Acquisition (Fall 2018)

TA

  • Phonology I (Fall 2016)
  • Introduction to Linguistics (for non-majors) (Fall 2015)